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Israel — Of God, or Not of God?

Israel celebrates her 69th Day of Independence this Monday and Tuesday.  Most of Israel’s Arab population knows it as their Day of Catastrophe (nakba).  Neither one yet fears YHVH.  The one, true, living God of Heaven and Earth is fulfilling His Word and plan for His holy name’s sake, and against all opposition to Him — including unbelief.  He cannot, and will not, be stopped!  Praise be to His name!

The Israeli Jewish people celebrate their military strength and prowess; … Continue reading

Passover to Resurrection

Mt 26:17-29  And on the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus, saying to Him, Where do You desire that we prepare for You to eat the Passover?  (18)  … Continue reading

Purim 2017

He who keepeth Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps!  Praise the Lord! Purim begins this evening, but the celebrations have already been going on for a few days.  While most of the Jewish people are still in both a physical and a spiritual exile — not in fellowship with their God — we who know the Father can rejoice in His sovereign providence to preserve His people as He still works to bring them back to Himself.  The only way He … Continue reading

2017: A Momentous Year

We are now into this new year of 2017, 5777 on the Jewish calendar (a 240-year discrepancy, but that is another story).  Three years ago I began to look at some significant dates connected with the return of the Jewish people back to this land of Israel, and also looking ahead to the coming again of Yeshua. ( http://streamsinthenegev.com/school-of-fish/eclectic-course-menu/dates-to-remember/ )

When the disciples asked Yeshua about the sign of His return at the end of the age, His first … Continue reading

Israel, The Nations, and YHVH God – 25 Dec 2016

On Sabbath evening, Dec 23, on the day before the first night of Hanukkah, on the day before Christmas Eve, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 2334, essentially declaring that the heartland of Israel — Judea and Samaria, and East Jerusalem — are illegally occupied and settled by Israel and the Jewish people.  East Jerusalem is Biblical Jerusalem, and includes the Old City, the City of David, the Western Wall, and the Temple Mount.  The United States broke its long-standing … Continue reading

The Incarnation Shook Heaven and Earth – 19 Dec 2016

The birth of the Messiah some 2000 years ago was a singular event which divided history between that which came before from that which has been reckoned since.  The God of Israel promised through the prophet Haggai that from a significant event on the 24th of the ninth Israeli month (corresponding to the 24th of December on non-Israeli calendars) that He would shake the heaven and the Earth. (Hag 2:20-22)  God began by announcing His joy in the birth of … Continue reading

Trump Trumps! — 9 Nov 2016

They said it couldn’t be done, but he did it!  Political election surveys have become little more than a form of divination.  It really is hard to think of Donald Trump as President Trump.  But it’s great that we are not going to be saying President Clinton any more.  I still look to the coming of the rightful Heir of the ‘freed’ world, the Son of God, the Lord Messiah Yeshua!  This world is still lying under the sway of … Continue reading

The Last Great Day of Succot – 24 Oct 2016

Today concludes the 22-day period of the feasts of ingathering — of the autumn harvest.  Succot is the time of the fruit harvest, and of great rejoicing in the goodness and faithfulness of the God of the Bible, who brought the children of Israel out of Egypt to give them an inheritance in the Land of Canaan.  YHVH would be their God, and they would be His people.

Today is Simchat Torah (the Joy of the Torah), which the … Continue reading

Shimon Peres – 30 Sept 2016

Today Shimon Peres was buried, having died at the age of 93.  Leaders and other dignitaries from Israel and around the world paid tribute to a great man of the world.  He was forever an optimist, which continually gave him hope that things — including peace — would eventually improve, and he worked tirelessly until his end to live according to his faith.   Yet the God of Israel has His own plan and solution for peace, which neither optimist nor … Continue reading

Bible Texts Written Earlier

From tests done on archeological finds near Arad in the Negev, scientists are reconsidering the literacy skills of the Jewish people with respect to dating the writing of historical writings in the Bible:  http://www.timesofisrael.com/new-look-at-ancient-shards-suggests-bible-even-older-than-thought/

What’s Going On Behind The Scenes of Current and Future News?

Do you read or listen to the news?  Every day in Israel politicians and commentators are vying for power and influence, telling us who should be the Prime Minister, or what the PM should do.  In the United States, there is an election process taking place, with each candidate saying that the other one is unfit to be President, the leader of the Free World.  In Turkey and Iran, their leaders are threatening each other, and the rest of the … Continue reading

What Kingdom Are We Of? – 1 Aug 2016

As I follow the election process in the U.S. (we are also citizens  there), I thank God for saving me and giving me hope through faith in Jesus!  I had been active in the political system with the naïve idealism of “tikkun” — trying “to make the world better”.  (I didn’t know then that satan is the prince of this world, nor that God had HIS plan of tikkun.)  Thirty-six years ago, the state of the union (the U.S.) was heavy on my spirit:  to me the U.S. was … Continue reading

Palestinian Leadership Seeks to Sue Britain for Balfour Declaration – 26 July 2016

As the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration approaches next November, the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) is gearing up for the effort to undo it.  According to this latest effort, the British government — which issued the Declaration on November 2, 1917, expressing their intent that the Jewish people should reestablish their historic homeland in Palestine, without harming the rights of those already living there — is guilty of setting in motion the catastrophe that the predominantly Islamic Arabs claim … Continue reading

The Farthest North – Ezekiel 38:6,15

Ezek 38:1-6  Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 2 “Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him, 3 and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal. 4 I will turn you around, put hooks into your jaws, … Continue reading

Gay Pride Parade Canceled in Beer Sheva; Protest Demonstration Last Night – 15 July 2016

The proud LGBT community in Beer Sheva had planned a parade on the main thoroughfare of the city on Thursday, which was canceled after the community organizers refused a compromise route, suggested by police over security concerns, in a court ruling.  Last night, between 1500-2000 persons demonstrated at the Municipality Plaza in Beer Sheva.  It is very interesting that the Hebrew word for “proud” is the same word used by the LGBT for “gay” — גאה — and is pronounced ge’eh.  … Continue reading

Christian Cemetery Cleaned Up – 11 July 2016

This translated article from Hebrew appeared in the Caspari Media Review today:

Yediot HaNegev, July 1, 2016

A group of volunteers has taken it upon themselves to clean and repair the Christian cemetery in Beer-Sheva, “in light of the formal authorities’ lack of action on the subject.” “The neglect devastated me,” said one of the volunteers. “This doesn’t honor anyone and offends the families who come to visit their loved ones.” After three hours of dedicated work, however, the place … Continue reading

Israel Celebrates HaPoel Beer Sheva Football League Championship

Although I am not a big football (soccer) fan, and don’t even know all the rules, the championship of the 2015/16 season has been a cause of celebration in the whole city of Beer Sheva for the last three days since its decisive victory in the final game of the season.  Many people throughout the country rejoiced as HaPoel Beer Sheva won its first premier league championship in 40 years, and in its first year in her new stadium.  Last night, … Continue reading

Beer Sheva Being Developed as Cyber City – 15 May 2016

Here is a Washington Post article highlighting the cooperative efforts of Israel’s collective ingenuity to develop cyber technologies for defending the small nation: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/how-israel-is-turning-part-of-the-negev-desert-into-a-cyber-city/2016/05/14/f44ea8e4-0d58-11e6-bfa1-4efa856caf2a_story.html

Israel’s Population Has Increased 10-Fold Since 1948 – 10 May 2016

Here is an interesting article with some statistics comparing Israel in 2016 with those at her establishment in 1948, 68 years ago: http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=33619

God’s Pattern – 8 May 2016

The period between Passover and Shavuot/Pentecost is full of significant commemorative days here.  Last week was Holocaust Remembrance Day; this week we have Memorial Day and the Day of Independence (68th).  Of course, Ascension Day was remembered last week by those who remembered! By Messiah’s ascension to glory at the right hand of the Father, we who believe in the Lord can receive the Holy Spirit, who was given only after that event.  And Yeshua ever lives now to intercede for … Continue reading

The Lamb Lives! – 21 Apr 2016

How good is our God! At the Passover, and for all those subsequent Passovers that the Israelis celebrated (in the past), many lambs were slain and blood shed in order for God to pass over the houses where He saw the blood, and in remembrance of that mighty initial act of salvation for His people, making His name great among the Jews and among the nations.

But poor lambs! They were offered in sacrifice that others could live, but they … Continue reading

Former PM of Israel, Ehud Olmert, Goes to Prison – 15 Feb 2016

Today is both a sad day and a day for rejoicing, as former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert goes to prison for 19 months, convicted of bribes and obstruction of justice.

Olmert was tried and convicted of crimes going back to his days as Mayor of Jerusalem, from which he joined with Ariel Sharon in the new political party, Kadima, which Sharon formed after being elected PM as a Likud party member.  This was all done in connection with the pull-out … Continue reading

Light Dispels Darkness

(A teaching article originally spoken on Dec 21, 2007)

This Sunday some of us are going to Bethlehem to worship with Arab brothers and sisters in the joy of our God.  Next weekend our congregation (actually the Lord Yeshua’s congregation) will be host to over 40 teenagers from that same area.  Today happens to be the shortest day of the year, when the light of day in the darkest of seasons is at its briefest in this part of the … Continue reading

Inauspicious Beginning of New Year – 3 Jan 2016

The New Year just begun, connected as it is with the birth of the King of the Jews, has had an unpromising beginning here in Israel.  The last night of 2015 and the first day  of 2016 were cold and stormy throughout the country.  And then the relaxed Shabbat in Tel Aviv was rudely shattered by a presumed terrorist who did a little vegetable shopping before walking out of the market with his father’s weapon, killing two and wounding seven, … Continue reading

November 29

Today is November 29.  For those who believe that the reestablishment of the Jewish homeland in the land promised to Abraham, to Isaac, to Jacob and to their descendants is of God, this date is of utmost importance.  For those who oppose this reestablishment of the Jewish homeland in the land  promised to Abraham, to Isaac, to Jacob and to their descendants is of God, this date is of utmost importance.

On November 29, 1947, the United Nations voted to … Continue reading

Israeli Cabinet Approves Plan to Build Five New Negev Towns – 23 Nov 2015

The Prophets of YHVH to Israel foresaw the day when the Negev Desert that is southern Israel will bloom and blossom as a rose, and become regenerated as the Garden of Eden.  (Is 35:1-2; Is 51:1-3)

From the beginning of the reestablishment of the modern State of Israel, her first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, saw that Israel’s future depended on the vibrant settlement of the Negev, which makes up more than 60% of the State’s land.

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Microburst Storms Israel – 27 Oct 2015

The country was inundated with heavy rains, wind, hail, and havoc on Sonday. The first storm of the winter (the clocks were also turned back that same day to standard time) caught everybody by storm! Not that the rains weren’t forecast, but the intensity of the weather was not. Even as I write on Tuesday late afternoon, our daughter in Raanana, whose car windshield was cracked by large hailstones, says that they are still without full electricity and phone/internet service … Continue reading

Terror Comes to Beer Sheva – 19 Oct 2015

Yesterday evening around 7:30, the Beer Sheva Central Bus Station was the scene of panic as a gunman opened fire inside the station, killing a soldier, taking his rifle, and then shooting at others, wounding several, including policemen.  Many people were also treated for shock.  The terrorist was a Bedouin resident of the Israeli town of Hura, about 15 km outside Beer Sheva.  An Eritrean foreign national, who was reportedly mistaken as also being involved in the terror, was shot and injured  before … Continue reading

Renewed Escalation of Turmoil – 11 Oct 2015

Once again tensions and violence are escalating and spreading in Israel. The Islamic version is that the Temple Mount is strictly theirs, and that the presence of non-Muslims up there is an affront to their holy site.(Consider Is 14:12-17)  They deny any Jewish Israeli history there, which, of course, stirs up the emotions of the Jewish people whose soul has been forever connected to that site which YHVH God chose to place His name there. Without saving faith … Continue reading

Beer Sheva Being Touted – 8 Oct 2015

A “package deal”, the biggest of its kind in the State of Israel’s history, has been agreed to and signed between the government and the local Municipality of Beer Sheva.   This “roof agreement” includes plans to build 20,000 new housing units in the city by 2019, with an expected 50% increase in the population from the present 200,000 to around 300,000, making Beer Sheva the 3rd largest city in Israel, according to current figures.

You can read more about this … Continue reading

Succot Full Moon Lunar Eclipse – 28 Sept 2015

The special and uncommon series of lunar eclipses the last two years which fell twice each at Passover and at the Feast of Booths are finished.  Apart from some interesting astronomy, nothing unusual occurred which could be attributed ominously to these “blood moons”.  The end is not yet, and those who thought it might be do not then know the actual signs of the end, which are still to come.

Although “the heavens declare the glory of God”, for the … Continue reading

Haboob Stifles Israel – 20 Sept 2015

This huge and very unpleasant heavy dust yellowed the skies of Beer Sheva and all of Israel for three days last week.  This was accompanied by higher than normal humidity levels, which simply made everything much more uncomfortable.  The reason I am thinking and writing about this now is because, although the haboob has moved out, there is still a higher level of dust floating and settling around us here.

Although the phenomenon is called a “violent dust storm”, our haboob … Continue reading

Israel’s Largest Artificial Lake Planned for Beer Sheva – 29 Aug 2015

Construction is underway for a major project in the Beer Sheva River Park to build the largest man-made lake in Israel.  The project is recreational and commercial.  Read more about it here: http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/society/83793-150829-beer-sheva-to-build-biggest-artificial-lake-in-israel

http://www.kkl.org.il/eng/tourism-and-recreation/forests-and-parks/beersheva-river-park.aspx

The Scriptures Keep Us Up-to-Date — 28 July 2015

Middle East news continues to receive wide media coverage around the world.  This is no longer surprising to those who do believe that the Bible is relevant today as we witness current events and prophecies coming together more-and-more as the age draws nearer to its end.  Yehovah God, who knows the end from the beginning, has told us in advance through the Scriptures, which He Himself has given in both the Old and the New Testaments, that there would be wars … Continue reading

Jewish and Arab Pastors Celebrate Together at ICB – 17 June 2015

This past week concluded the one-year study program specially set up by Israel College of The Bible (ICB) for a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Ministries.   I was privileged to have been among the students in this unique program, not least because of the mix of Jewish, Arab, and other congregational pastors and leaders being equipped to help us better equip the believers in our own congregations.  The love and unity among the leaders gave expression to the truth of the one … Continue reading

Employment Desert – 17 May 2015

Three small Negev cities face severe unemployment.  The towns of Arad, Dimona, and Yeruham are essentially factory towns, dependent on the major industrial chemical companies for most of the employment.

Due to weakening profit margins, these companies (and other companies in the textile and ceramic industries) have been laying off workers and closing factories and plants, a situation that has been going on for years in Israel’s southern region.  Whole cities are becoming economically impoverished by these actions.

We have seen many times … Continue reading

Racism is a Sin Issue, and Is Nothing New – 4 May 2015

Israel has been beset by protests and riots from the Ethiopian Jewish community the last few days, the likes of which have not been seen here.  The spark was a seemingly senseless attack of an Ethiopian Israeli soldier in uniform by a policeman and volunteer.  Today, Prime Minister Netanyahu met with the Ethiopian soldier, Damas Pakada, who called for calm while also addressing the legitimate grievances of discrimination and prejudice against his community.  http://www.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-pledges-to-eliminate-deep-problem-of-racism/

Racism is not new, and … Continue reading

God’s Grace: Hidden Water Under the Negev – 8 Apr 2015

The Negev Desert of Israel is a unique desert, not least because part of it is within the borders of the Promised Land.  There are promises given to the Negev which anticipate a regeneration of its plant and animal life.  (Is 35:1-2; 51:1-3; 41:17-20)

Here is a fairly recent article (4 years ago) which extols its unique qualities and Israel’s ingenuity to even now make it “bloom and blossom”:

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Jesus is Sovereign Lord! – 5 Apr 2015

As the “World Powers” prepare to give “this world” over to Iran and the Islamic powers with a very bad supposed agreement, it reminds me of how the devil got Adam and Eve to give their God-given stewardship over to him by lying and deceit.  Israel followed suit, and gave her God-given beauty over to Gentile ‘lovers’; and the Church has left its domain to mix with worldly aspirations.  Where would we all be if Jesus was not the Sovereign … Continue reading

Israeli Elections 2015

Some of you have written asking what I think about the outcome of the elections last Tuesday, so I will answer that here.  Personally, I was surprised by the extent of the victory of the Likud party, and of PM Bibi Netanyahu.  All of the polls leading up to the election, and the exit polls immediately at the close of the elections, were all completely wrong regarding the Likud, while being nearly accurate for the other parties, including the Labor/Tnua list led by Isaac Herzog and Tzipi Livni.  Beer Sheva … Continue reading

Purim 2015: Iran Still Intent on Destroying Jewish People

On the day before Purim, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu addressed a joint session of the U.S. Congress to once again warn the United States and the rest of the “Free World” of the clear and present danger posed by modern Persia to the nation of Israel and to them.

In an invitation swirled in controversy both in Israel and in the U.S., Netanyahu seems to have intentionally set the timing to coincide with the Jewish holiday of Purim, in order … Continue reading

Negev Segment of Israel Bike Trail Inauguarated – 1 Mar 2015

Israel is a small country with a disproportionate incredible variety of nature and vistas.  It’s tourism and nature preserves authorities have developed many sites and ways to visit and to see the country, the Land of The Bible.  The latest development is the Israel Bike Trail’s southern portion being officially opened, traversing 300 km (~190 mi) from Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat.  http://www.algemeiner.com/2015/03/01/cycling-the-desert-new-israel-bike-trail-connects-mitzpe-ramon-to-eilat/

 

Dry Nahal Zin Suddenly Becomes Stream in the Negev – 18 Jan 2015

Here is a dramatic video of the exciting effect of heavy rains miles/kilometers away flash-flooding the dry stream bed of Biblical Nahal Zin in the Negev:

http://inhabitat.com/dramatic-video-captures-rebirth-of-river-zin-in-israels-negev-desert-after-centuries-of-drought/

Beer Sheva in Int’l News – 17 Jan 2015

Here is an article in Business Week about development plans underway to make Beer Sheva the cyber hub in Israel and for other nations: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2015-01-15/israel-sows-cyber-hub-in-desert-to-make-beersheba-bloom-cities

 

 

An All-Clear View of the Land of Israel from the Skies – 28 Dec 2014

On Christmas, NASA’s ISS astronauts woke up to a cloudless day as they flew over the Holy Land.  See the beautiful photos taken by astronaut Barry Wilmore:   http://www.haaretz.com/life/science-medicine/1.633979

The proclamation of the heavenly hosts still rings out:  Glory to God in the highest!  Peace on Earth; good will towards man!

Religious War? – 21 Nov 2014

The recent terrorist attack in a synagogue in West Jerusalem by Arab Muslims from East Jerusalem, in which rifles, knives, and meat cleavers were among the weapons used against Jewish men praying their morning prayers, has brought closer to home the reality that we are entering a religious war, and not only a nationalistic, political war here in Israel.   Among the dead and wounded Jews, a Druze policeman was also mortally wounded and killed as he responded to the terror within the Har … Continue reading

Islamic Caliphate: Ultimate Out-working of Replacement Theology

In every place God has left Himself a witness to the truth.  “Replacement Theology” (by whatever name) presumes that God has either abandoned or else fulfilled His covenant promises with Israel as a specific and particular nation, and has moved on to the Church as the replacement of Israel.  Islam, of course, says that God has finished with both Israel and the Church — the one for not accepting Yeshua as the Messiah; the other for disobeying Jesus who … Continue reading

War: Seed of the Serpent Against the Seed of the Woman

Yeshua said that in the world we would have tribulations.  He also said that He has overcome the world!  And we, too, by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of our testimony that Jesus is Lord and Messiah/Christ, will overcome as we hold fast with faith to the hope of the glory beyond the present suffering.

When I see the Islamic State (the precursor of the re-emerging Caliphate) terrorists, without conscience or mercy, slaughtering people in general created in God’s image, and especially aiming for … Continue reading

War Cry: Come, Lord Jesus!

Shabbat shalom (Peaceful Sabbath),

It is a quiet day; no sirens, no rockets.  Back to ‘normal’.  I think the standard of measuring ‘normalcy’ has been lowered during this last generation, at least in this part of the world.  With this, God is bringing the hiddent things of darkness to light, so that His judgments will be seen to be righteous and true when the necessary time comes in His long-suffering towards sinners (and who isn’t?).  We had a wonderfully refreshing service last night.

Yeshua spoke the parable about the good … Continue reading

War: Righteousness Exalts a Nation – 19 Aug 2014

Update, Tues., Aug 19:  Sirens and rocket fire have begun again, already before the agreed upon time for the “cease-fire” ended.  Thanks to all for your prayers.

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Shalom,

Israel is ‘anxiously’ waiting to see whether or not the current cease-fire with Hamas will continue after it’s agreed upon termination  at midnight tonight (Mon., Aug 18 in Israel).  As believers, we can wait with a calmer anticipation, not knowing what exactly may be, but knowing the sovereign Lord, Yeshua, who does know, … Continue reading

Israel as God’s Sword and Bow – 9 Aug 2014

Once again, Hamas broke an agreed upon cease-fire, this one intended for at least 72 hours brokered by Egypt and the UN, breaking it yesterday (Friday) morning in the continuing war of Hamas against Israel, which has necessitated Israel’s heavy, yet restricted response.

Last night at our service, a siren went off during the time of the teaching on the whole-hearted commitment that Yeshua insists upon for those who would follow Him.  The congregation had to calmly go off to three locations on the … Continue reading

The Valor and The Folly of War – 4 Aug 2014

Today were two terrorist attacks in Jerusalem, and there is a danger of other break-outs of violence in the wake of the terrorist war against Israel, and Israel’s response in defense.  If Israel is so powerful and its destructive force known, then shouldn’t Hamas consider the cost before drawing Israel into a war?  It’s like a featherweight boxer picking on a heavyweight, knowing that the heavyweight can not use all his strength to keep the annoying attacker to stop, lest … Continue reading

War Against Terror Evil Helps Sharpen Reality – 2 Aug 2014

Ex 3:7-10  And the LORD (YHVH) said:  “I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows.  So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey. . . Now, therefore, behold, the cry of the … Continue reading

War in Heavenlies and on Earth – 28 July 2014

It has been three full weeks now since Operation Protective Edge — the current war which the terror organization in Gaza, Hamas, started against Israel — began, with still no clear sense of when it might end.  I would ask that whatever I say in this letter will be read in the context of all that I have written in the previous updates .

Randi is returning now from Eilat after spending several nights there, taking an older sister in … Continue reading

War of Hearts – 24 July 2014

Israel’s 10th President, Reuven (Ruby) Rivlin has just been consecrated and sworn in at the Knesset (Parliament), succeeding Shimon Peres after seven years in that office.  During the much subdued ceremony compared to normal times (due to the current military operation/war in Gaza against the Hamas terrorist regime), sirens were heard in Beer Sheva and all around the Jewish towns and kibbutzes around Gaza. Both the out-going President, and the in-coming, expressed confidence of defeating the terrorist threat, both against Israel and her citizenry, and also against ordinary … Continue reading

The God of Armies – 21 July 2014

Yesterday we had five siren alerts of rockets and missiles still being fired from Gaza towards Beer Sheva.  Our weekly congregational services on Friday evenings are greatly reduced in the number of those coming since the place of meeting is old enough not to have any real protected area.

Soroka Medical Center, the university hospital located just down the street from us, is on emergency status now, as more Israeli soldiers are being wounded or killed in the hard fighting going on in the Gaza Strip.  While … Continue reading

Israel Again at War in Gaza Against Hamas – 18 July 2014

Israel sent in ground troops into Gaza last night at 10:30, following a long day which included a ‘game changer’, or which showed the situation for what it is regarding the perpetual murderous grudge of Hamas towards Israel and the Jewish people (in particular, but also against their own population, which they hatefully use as human ‘shields’ in order to deter Israel’s military efforts, and also to turn public opinion against Israel when civilians are killed in the war).

In … Continue reading

Clear Trumpet Call – 13 July 2014

Shalom from God in Messiah,

Thanks to God and to all of you who stood with us in prayer and words of encouragement for the Trumpet Call to Prayer that gathered close to 50 people!

Things being what they are here, today proved two things:  in the Body of Messiah here, not all are of one mind, even if many are of one  heart; and, God is ‘there’ when we come together in unity for the sake of the name of His Son, the Lord … Continue reading

Trumpet Call To Prayer – 9 July 2014

As I write this, the sounds of war are heard within our nation, and the blood of Abel cries out for vengeance and vindication.  Yet the blood of Jesus Christ/Yeshua the Messiah/Yasu al Massih cries out better things:  salvation, and forgiveness of sin. (Heb 12:24)

There is a growing sense within and among the Israeli Messianic/Christian and Palestinian Christian communities that our united, collective voice needs to be heard as a prophetic voice to our people.  We, who believe in the … Continue reading

Hamas Video Targets Beer Sheva – 7 July 2014

Hamas has put out a one-minute video trying to scare the ‘settlers’ of Beer Sheva to flee before it is too late:  http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/182592#.U7rkakB5bFw

Vengeance and Redemption – 6 July 2014

Rockets have again hit Beer Sheva (yesterday, as of this writing), violence and rage are again venting, cries for vengeance are shrieking.  Yet, for all this, God is working out redemption, as witnessed by people repenting and believing the good news of God about salvation through living faith in Jesus throughout the country and region.  Today is still the day of salvation!  This is still the acceptable year of the LORD (YHVH)!  We, as believers in Yeshua/Jesus, cannot forget that.

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The Shot Heard ‘Round The World – 28 June 2014

Today, 100 years ago, on June 28, 1914, in Sarajevo, Gavrilo Princip fired the shot that started World War I when he killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand.  No one could have known then that that gunshot would trigger the first world war in history, with staggering loss of life, but that that war, rather than being the ‘war to end all war’ would actually become the war which has not yet ended.

Jesus Christ said nearly 2000 years ago, when asked … Continue reading

The Negev is Now

Construction work and roadworks are going on all around us here in Beer Sheva, and southward towards Yerucham.  The major investment and development is due to Beer Sheva being chosen as the ‘cyber hub’ of Israel, or as Ben-Gurion University of the Negev President, Rivka Carmi, quips, “silicon wadi“.  (A wadi is a dry river bed, waiting for the waters to stream into it.)   Beer Sheva and the Negev are also developing in preparation for major re-location of military bases and … Continue reading

Kidnapping as Act of Terror – 16 June 2014

Israel is still riveted to prayers and the news reports about the three teen boys, ages 16, 16, and 19, who were kidnapped on Thursday night, and whose whereabouts and circumstances since then are still unknown as of this post.  While it is not certain exactly who carried out the kidnappings, it is clear that it was carried out by jihadi elements within the Palestinian Authority/Hamas-governed population, probably around Hebron.

Both the PA and Hamas have similar short-term policies towards their long-term objectives:  the release of all terrorist prisoners … Continue reading

Pentecost – 8 June 2014

Today, Sonday, is Pentecost, the holiday marking 50 days from the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 7 complete Sabbaths from that day after the Sabbath when He rose and showed Himself alive with many infallible proofs.  On that unique fulfillment of Shavuot/Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was given from the Father in Yeshua’s name to His disciples.  Although the Lord Messiah is ascended in glory at the right hand of God, His presence is still with those who believe … Continue reading

HEBREW — The Primary Language of Jesus in Israel in His Day – 2 June 2014

Why Jesus was a Hebrew-speaker Hebrew, and not only Aramaic, was a spoken language at the time of Jesus, but PM Netanyahu’s exchange with the pope wasn’t only academic: It’s a debate with a clear religious and cultural subtext. By | Jun. 2, 2014 | 10:28 AM  (HAARETZ)

Around the turn of the millennium, I received an email from a party looking to create a film script about a … Continue reading

State of Religious Freedom in Israel – 31 May 2014

In the wake of the ‘writing on the wall’ at the congregational home of Yeshua’s Inheritance Congregation, Donna Diorio, of IsraelPrayer, has written an update article wrapping up some recent events from a perspective of watching developments over many years:

http://israelwatcherasecondopinion.blogspot.co.il/2014/05/the-state-of-religious-freedom-in.html

For readers unacquainted with the lawsuit referenced by Donna, you can read our update reports on them beginning with this post from 2007:

http://streamsinthenegev.com/lawsuit/lawsuit-update-initiation-of-suit-9-feb-2007/

“Policy of Misunderstanding” – 30 May 2014

According to “official” sources, the denial of visa entries for Arabic Christians planning on attending the ‘At The Crossroads’ conference in Jerusalem earlier this month was due to a “policy of misunderstanding”.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/policy-of-misunderstanding-bars-christian-tourists-source-says/

The Writing on the Wall – 23 May 2014

Yesterday morning, offensive writing offending religious sensitivities was found spray painted on the wall surrounding the property used by the Messianic congregation, Nachalat Yeshua (Yeshua’s Inheritance), in Beer Sheva.   This is known as a “price tag”, property attacks of incitement against those whom extremists oppose, usually against Palestinian Arabs and against Christians.

Six months ago, during a Jews For Jesus evangelism campaign in Beer Sheva, Jewish teenage yeshiva students, with their rabbi, were filmed defacing the same property, but the police … Continue reading

At The Crossroads Conference in Jerusalem – 20 May 2014

Last week, from May 13-16, the second bi-annual “At The Crossroads” conference was held in Jerusalem at Christ Church inside Jaffa Gate.  The conference did not focus on either politics or theology, but on carrying out the Great Commission in a triangular region in the middle of the Earth inspired by the Word of God in Isaiah 19: 23-25:  the highway from Egypt to Assyria (the whole area of its former empire), with Israel in between as the bridge of … Continue reading

Dates to Remember

Times and seasons have a way of stirring the memories, both personal and collective. Depending on what they may signify, the reactions and anticipations may vary among individuals or nations, or among those joined together through religion or faith. Below are some historical markers that are beginning to converge to draw attention to a watershed, perhaps. Both friend and foe are taking notice.

Oct 31, 1517 – Reformation Day, which gave the Bible back to the people that they may … Continue reading

Record May Rainfall in All of Israel – 9 May 2014

Israel experienced a rare nation-wide lightning and thunder storm, pouring record amounts of rainfall, accompanied by hail, going back to 1920.  On Wednesday night, May 7, the storm began, continuing through much of the day on Thursday.   The Negev region suffered flash floods and stranded hikers and tourists.

In the Negev, May is usually a dry month, following the rainy season of the Israeli winter.   This winter was exceptionally dry throughout much of the country, and the rainfall of the last … Continue reading

Israel’s Independence Day – 6 May 2014

Tuesday, May 6, is Israel’s 66th Independence Day.  Millions of Jews suffered, were murdered, died in the Holocaust; tens of thousands more have died in the wars from the inception of the re-establishment of the Jewish people back in their homeland; hundreds are memorialized for their deaths since 1860 as they ‘returned to Zion’.  All of this human tragedy and valor as a price in order to be redeemed from the lands of exile, scattered around the globe, after 1900 … Continue reading

Holocaust Past and Future – 27 Apr 2014

Remember, lest we forget.  This “creed” underlies much of Jewish and Christian culture.  All of the LORD’s holidays are to remember His mighty acts of redemption, based on bringing His people out of Egypt.  Believers in Jesus, in fellowshipping in the Lord’s Supper, do so to remember Yeshua and what He did in and through His death on the cross; and we are to do so until He comes again.  God has given us these times of remembrance together so that we might not forget, and to be strengthened in … Continue reading

Israeli Jewish Population Increasing More Than Arab – 20 Apr 2014

While the premise of increasing Arab/Palestinian Muslim population growth over and against the Jewish birth and demographics has been used for decades to advance some political policy, current information challenges that assumption.   During  the closing years of  slavery in Egypt, despite being placed under even harsher work conditions and economic stress, among the Children of Israel there was a population explosion. (Exodus 1:8-14).  It seems like history may be repeating itself:  today, the world is applying increasingly harsh measures against Israel in order … Continue reading

A Greater Passover – 14 Apr 2014

As Jewish people everywhere celebrate the Passover, we can rejoice as we remember that not only has YHVH made His name great as the God of Israel who brought His people up out of Egypt with a strong hand and an outstretched arm to serve Him, but also He continues to raise a banner to all nations as He brings back His people from all corners of the world to the land which He swore to give them as an everlasting possession.  And the whole world … Continue reading

Beer Sheva and Negev Development Accelerating – 13 Apr 2014

The Israeli government is promoting and enhancing development opportunities in Beer Sheva and the Negev.  The primary impetus here is military re-location of some large bases from the population center to the vast periphery of the southern desert, of which Beer Sheva is the largest and capital city.

The first Prime Minister of Israel, David  Ben-Gurion, always believed that the future of the country depended on the development of the Negev.  He lived what he believed by moving to Kibbutz Sde … Continue reading

Passover and Firstfruits – 6 Apr 2014

Greetings this season when the Body of Messiah/Christ reminds the world that Jesus Christ/Yeshua Messiah died and rose again!

Even unbelieving Jewish people in Israel and in the diaspora are witnesses to the one true God and His mighty act to deliver them from Egypt, making His name known to the nations as Yehovah, the God of Israel.

Jewish and Gentile believers in Jesus are His witnesses that the Redeemer and Savior has come in the flesh, died at Passover, risen … Continue reading

More Christian Heritage Discovered in the Negev – 3 Apr 2014

In addition to sites at Avdat, Shivta, Nizzana, archeologists have now uncovered a Byzantine monastery, with beautiful colored mosaics, in the Negev region not far from Beer Sheva, near Hura, a Bedouin town:

  http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=16579

Not Only God, But The Civilized World Has Spoken – 30 Mar 2014

A case study of sovereign legal rights to Jerusalem — in particular East Jeruslaem, and more specifically the Old City with the Temple Mount:  a thesis by Dr. Jacques Gauthier, an international lawyer and human rights attorney:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zf8cF1HYqN8

Today’s peace negotiations are a battle of narratives less grounded on facts and more on historical fallacies and revisionist history, personal and national emotions, and increasing lawlessness (recognizing no law as binding).

Would You Come To This Conference? – 17 Mar 2014

The “Christ at the Checkpoint” conference has ended.  There is tension within the ranks of the Body of Messiah here in Israel.  We pray for healing of strained or broken relationships through humility, repentance where necessary, forgiveness as commanded, transcendant love for our heavenly Father and our Lord Yeshua the Messiah/Jesus Christ.  This is all part of our sanctification, and is also a part of God’s righteousness to nullify our own.

I was thinking about another conference, but with an opposite orientation.  If … Continue reading

Christ At The Checkpoint – 4 Mar 2013

Next week the 3rd biennial CATC conference will begin in Bethlehem.  This has once again stirred heated discussion and debate within the Messianic/Christian evangelical community in Israel.  This public expression is good in that it helps all to ‘hear’ the depths of feelings which this conference arouses.  It is also good for those from the Messianic community in Israel who do go, whether as invited speakers or whether as part of the gathered conference-goers, to go in the light of … Continue reading

At Odds – 23 Feb 2014

In three weeks, two events are overlapping each other:  the Christ At The Checkpoint (CATC) conference in Bethlehem, and a day of praying and fasting preceding the beginning of Purim.  I have been invited to be present at both; I will only be at the Esther’s Fast day on Mar. 13 at Yad HaShmonah, organized by Revive Israel.  I will be leading the final prayer session for the hour before we conclude the day with the Lord’s Supper.  The focus … Continue reading

Beer Sheva Planned as Cyber Hub of Israel – 30 Jan 2014

Here is a YouTube video of Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking of the government’s plans to make Beer Sheva the hi-tech capital of the country and of the East:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMkhvtm7VD4

Ariel (Arik) Sharon Buried With His Fathers – 13 Jan 2014

The 11th Prime Minister of Israel, Ariel Sharon, died on Shabbat, January 11, after being in a coma for eight years following a massive stroke in 2005.   Whether the Spirit of God accomplished something in the soul of this man while he lay these last eight years we do not know now.  What we can know is that whether so or not, Arik knows who Jesus Christ is now, and would want all Israel to know while they still can.

… Continue reading

Record December Storm – 15 Dec 2013

Today in Beer Sheva we woke up to a bright sunny day, with clear blue skies, clean from all the wind, rain, hail, snow, and cold which hit the entire country from last Tuesday night till yesterday (Sat.) afternoon.  There has not been a major storm of this magnitude to hit Israel (and the rest of the countries round-about:  it even snowed in Cairo and parts of Saudi Arabia!) in the early part of December since records have been kept.  … Continue reading

Sign Spoken Against #2: Anti-Yeshua

During the two weeks of November 10-22, the evangelism organization, Jews for Jesus, conducted a campaign in the southern cities of Israel, focused in the largest city of Beer Sheva.  Beer Sheva and Arad have seen their share of opposition to the gospel over the years, and this campaign awakened some of that antagonism.   One of the campaigners was arrested just two days before the end of the campaign, the first time in eight such campaigns around Israel that this has happened.  … Continue reading

Sign Spoken Against #1: Anti-Israel

At the beginning of the Summer/Winter of this year (2013), Israel and Australia jointly issued two stamps commemorating the part of the ANZAC and the Australian Lighthorse in the historical development leading up to the re-establishment of the Jewish people back in the promised and holy land.  The stamps remember the victory over the Turks in Beer Sheva in the famous Beer Sheva Charge on October 31, 1917, in WW1.

In the Bible, YHVH God speaks through His servant, the prophet … Continue reading

Death of Sephardic Rabbi Ovadia Yosef – 7 Oct 2013

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef died at the age of 93, following many months of deteriorating health.  He was perhaps the most influential rabbi in this period of the return of the Jewish people back to the promised land.  His influence was both religious and political, and affected all of Israeli society, not just the Sephardi Jewish (those who were especially under Islamic influence during the long years of exile) community which he specifically represented.  This, in itself, was an enormous achievement:  helping restore … Continue reading

World Can Not Save Itself – 29 Aug 2013

Syria continues to kill its own, with and without chemical weapons.  The Arab world does not intervene; the western world has lost its moral and political capacity to effectively intervene; the international community expresses itself through the United Nations with words.  Arab/Palestinian Christians continue seek to undermine Israel’s legitimacy — with backing from the rest of the world — even while Israel remains till now the only stable country in the region, but remain silent regarding the slaughter of even … Continue reading

CHRISTIAN ARABS IDENTIFYING WITH ISRAEL AS ISRAELIS – 18 Aug 2013

In July a Christian Arab from Nazareth, Bishara Shlayan, announced his intentions of forming a new political party in Israel.  At that time, the name of the party was Allies of the New Covenant, but afterwards changed to just Allies, since Jewish people were uncomfortable with the term, New Covenant, which is the same as New Testament.

Among other things, Shlayan and the party want to be recognized as Israelis, as proud citizens of Israel, their country, and want to … Continue reading

TIME FOR SELF-RESPECTING JEWS TO STAND UP – 21 July 2013

According to the inspired Word of God given to us in the Bible, YHVH, the one and only true God, created Jacob, Israel, and all called by His name, for His glory.  He alone is the only Savior who forgives sin.  He only is the Deliverer  from enemies and foreign gods.  YHVH, the Holy One of Israel, is the  only One who knows all things from the beginning through beyond their end. (Is 43:1-15)

The revelation from God that the Jewish people are … Continue reading

Beer Sheva Taking Leading Role in Israeli Engineering and High-Tech – 1 July 2013

Here is an article from today’s The Times of Israel internet newspaper about Beer Sheva’s present future:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/tech-helps-develop-development-town-beersheba/

Tech helps develop ‘development town’ Beersheba A major science and technology event at Ben-Gurion University highlights just how far the Negev has come in recent years

HOPE DESPITE FUTILITY – 19 June 2013

The people of Israel lives!  Am Israel Chai!   Last night witnessed a gala celebration of a man and his life, and of a people and their hope.  Israeli President Shimon Peres enjoyed a birthday party unlike any other person on the world stage.  Although his actual birthday isn’t until August 8, leaders and celebrities from Israel and from all around the world came together in an exciting and emotive way to wish Shimon a happy 90th birthday, with the hope … Continue reading

AS IN THE DAYS OF NOAH – 3 June 2013

It is hot and dry in the Southland of the Holy Land.  Last night at 9:00 (21:00), the temperatures around Israel were as hot as what is normal for this time of year at mid-day.

As much as God has promised the perpetuity of agricultural growth, of temperatures, seasons, and cycle of days (Gen 8:22), nonetheless the stability of the Earth’s life seems to be less predictable and consistent as the last days progress towards the end-times.  We go from … Continue reading

SHAVUOT/PENTECOST – 13 May 2013

Holiday greetings to you all!

In the following days the Biblical holiday of Shavuot ([7] Weeks) and Pentecost (50 Days) will be marked, properly counting from the first-fruits resurrection of our Lord Yeshua from the dead on the day after the Sabbath, i.e. Sonday, during the Passover/Unleavened Bread week.  Thus, Shavuot/Pentecost should also be properly celebrated on the 8th Sonday from the Passover, which is 7 weeks from that first Sonday, and the 50th day including that day after the Sabbath.  … Continue reading

PEACE IN THE MIDST OF TERROR – 17 Apr 2013

Shalom with God to all of you,

With the evil of the terrorist bombings at the Boston Marathon shocking the civilized world once again at the brutal character of those who worship a god of vengeance and death, in Israel the celebration of the 65th year of statehood has just concluded, a testimony to the faithfulness of the living God  of the living who gave His Son to be brutalized to death, in the greatest expression of love this world has ever known, offering forgiveness to all who … Continue reading

JEWISH TERRORIST JACK TEITEL CONDEMNED – 9 Apr 2013

Today in the Jerusalem District Court, the three judges in the case of “Jewish terrorist”, Jack Teitel, found him completely responsible for his “cold-blooded” acts of murder and of attempted murder.  In the courtroom, when asked by reporters whether he had any regrets for what he had done, he said the he “has no regret nor is he sorry for what he did”, and that he would do it again if he had to.  Teitel received two consecutive life sentences for … Continue reading

THE INCOMPARABLE HOLOCAUST – 8 Apr 2013

Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel.  This annual memorial gives living eye-witness testimony  to  the truth of the incomparable catastrophe known as the Holocaust, with a capital ‘H’.  There has till now been nothing else like it on a national or ethnic scale, however horribly many people or nations have suffered from the hands of God, devils, or humans.

In the face of so much proof from both victims and perpetrators — and from their descendants — it is not only incredible … Continue reading

THE NEW MOON: COVERED, OR REVEALED?

On March 11 there is a New Moon.  Will you see it?  What is it that you will see?

This New Moon also marks the beginning of the first month in God’s redemptive calendar year given to Israel, leading up to the Passover on the Full Moon two weeks later. (Ex 12:2)

So, is the new moon covered over, that is, darkened?; or, is it a slim crescent, that is, partially revealed … Continue reading